Short and sweet, the answer to the pop quiz came from Girl From Auntie who knows me too well. Yes, I would wrap a dog in saran wrap (pt.2) -pallet wrap is preferred- to make a pattern from its body. Less controversial dog measuring methods were proposed in the forum. Saran wrap is useful to make patterns for a lot of things and it won’t stick to objects like duct tape will. I can’t think of a better or faster way to make a first pattern for an oddly shaped item -say a camera case- than that.